Marilyn Edge has been charged with murder after police found the bodies of her two children inside a hotel room, a scene that police discovered after the 42-year-old’s failed suicide attempt.
Police said Edge led them to the bodies of her two children inside the Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Ana. Edge had tried to kill herself on Saturday night by crashing her car in a Home Depot parking lot. Inside the car Edge had a propane tank, which she told police she hoped would ignite upon the car crash.
Police responded to a call of a woman who crashed into an electrical box on a protective pole in the store’s parking lot, and quickly found out it wasn’t an accident.
“It was clear that it was an intentional act,” said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Tim Starn.
Paramedics responded to the crash, but Edge became combative and made reference to something that happened at the Hampton Inn room. This prompted officers to check the room, where they found the bodies of a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.
Police did not say how the children died, but did say that no weapons were recovered at the scene.
“It’s upsetting to say the least. My goodness, if there’s two children involved, that’s just horrendous to say the least,” Mike Ramey, who was staying at the hotel, told CNN affiliate KABC. “It’s just a heartbreaker. As a parent, it’s just a heartbreaker. It’s unbelievable.”
Marilyn Edge was released from the hospital on Saturday night and taken into police custody. She was later booked on two counts of homicide.
It wasn’t clear why Marilyn Edge, who lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had Georgia license plates, was in Orange County at the time of the alleged murders.
“Last night, it was mainly trying to figure out who these people were and dealing with the scene itself,” a police spokesperson said.
Police have not yet said when Marilyn Edge will be back in court to face the murder charges.